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At least 120 non-olfactory G-protein-coupled receptors in the human genome are 'orphans' for which endogenous ligands are unknown, and many have no selective ligands, hindering the determination of their biological functions and clinical relevance. Among these is GPR68, a proton receptor that lacks small molecule modulators for probing its biology. Using(More)
In this study, we evaluated the applicability of ligand-based and structure-based models to quantitative affinity predictions and virtual screenings for ligands of the beta(2)-adrenergic receptor, a G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR). We also devised and evaluated a number of consensus models obtained through partial least square regressions, to combine the(More)
Activation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is a complex phenomenon. Here, we applied Induced Fit Docking (IFD) in tandem with linear discriminant analysis (LDA) to generate hypotheses on the conformational changes induced to the β(2)-adrenergic receptor by agonist binding, preliminary to the sequence of events that characterize activation of the(More)
Assembly of cilia and flagella requires intraflagellar transport (IFT), a highly regulated kinesin-based transport system that moves cargo from the basal body to the tip of flagella [1]. The recruitment of IFT components to basal bodies is a function of flagellar length, with increased recruitment in rapidly growing short flagella [2]. The molecular(More)
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